CHESTER, S.C. — A South Carolina sheriff says his dog was fatally poisoned over the weekend.
According to WSOC, the incident comes within weeks of Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood taking office as the county’s first black sheriff.
Underwood tells WSOC his 19-month-old German Shepherd, A.J., was being trained to become a K-9.
On Sunday, Underwood says he let A.J. out in his yard while he attended the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day parade in Chester. He says he noticed A.J. acting strange when he returned.
“He was actually foaming from the mouth… and he eventually died right before daylight,” Underwood told WSOC.
Underwood says investigators have “possible suspects,” but he didn’t elaborate, according to WSOC.
The sheriff says he had been taking A.J. to visit area schools, where many children had become fond of the dog.
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